Zomgtalk’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011!

Hello there! How awesome was 2011? Wait..not very? Well then I’m glad you’re here checking out my blog. I’m still trying to stop over-eating myself to an early atherosclerotic death (blame the season of joy and giving and carbohydrates), but since you guys reallllly wanna be cheered up and stuff, I’ll be my usual adorbz self and stop being a pig and present my top 50 albums of 2011 just fer joo (you’re quite welcome).

There’s no doubt at all that 2011 belonged to the ladies! From Country to Pop, R’n’B to Indie, it was girl power dominating EVERY damn chart, every award show, every live performance. Even Rap as a genre saw the return of the Femcee after a decade of being ruled by dudes.

A certain Mizz Adele broke almost every chart record ever, while Taylor Swift made sure she maintained Country’s diabetic quotient like it was nobody’s bizness. Rap saw the arrival of unprecedented ferociousness in the form of Harajuku Barbie Nicki Minaj who literally scared away the likes of Eminem, Kanye and Jay-Z by making every possible face known to man and some more, while Lady Gaga, Pink, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Britney, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Kesha, Jill Scott had Pop, Dance and R’n’B on lock.

Jennifer Lopez staged a stunning comeback to the charts with one of the biggest hits of her career, while veterans like Mary J Blige, Sade, Martina McBride etc continued slaying the charts 2 decades into their careers.

There was also a major influx of new talent from across the world. Precisely why it almost took me a decade to compile this list with 50 of my favorite albums this year for y’all (cuz I’m an insanely lovable and classy blogger, thank you), after meticulously giving all of them a listen again (not that I mind AT ALL). Some of the big sellers this year have been released in 2010, and have made a major impact this year due to hit singles and killer live performances. Either way, all of these 50 albums deserve a listen and to be a part of every music aficionado’s collection.

So here I present the final ranking of my top 50 albums of 2011 from # 50 to # 1. The top 20 albums get a shout-out for just being thoroughly amazing. Remember these are MY favorite albums of 2011, so that does not necessarily mean the universe has to agree with it. So here you go..and in the words of the supreme icon Janet Jackson..‘Enjoy’!

50. Torches – Foster The People

49. Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor – Caro Emerald

 48. Night Of Hunters – Tori Amos

47. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

46. On Your Radar – The Saturdays

45. Body Talk Pt. 3 – Robyn

44. Hell On Heels – Pistol Annies

43. Perfectionist – Natalia Kills

42. The Original Jill Scott From The Vault Pt. 1 – Jill Scott

41. Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay

40. Miss Little Havana – Gloria Estefan

39. Country Strong (The Original Soundtrack) – Various

38. Young Foolish Happy – Pixie Lott

37. Who You Are – Jessie J

36. Pieces Of Me – Ledisi

35. Metals – Feist

34. Paper Airplanes – Alison Krauss And The Union Station

33. Thompson Square – Thompson Square

32. Four The Record – Miranda Lambert (read the zomgtalk album review here)

31. Nothing But The Beat – David Guetta

30. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

29. Echoes – Will Young 

28. What If We Were Real – Mandisa

27. Eleven – Martina McBride

26. Gravity Happens – Kate Voegele

25. Unbroken – Demi Lovato (read the zomgtalk album review here)

24. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson  

23. Making Mirrors – Gotye

22. Cannibal – Kesha

21. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

And now for the coveted top 20 spots!!

20. 4 – Beyoncé

The first time I heard Beyoncé’s ‘4’, I was, quite frankly, a trifle disappointed. Maybe cuz I was expecting her regular radio friendly sound to dominate the album like her previous extravaganza ‘I Am..Sasha Fierce’. Instead I was introduced to a sound that was anything but Beyoncé. This was an album that was not created to generate the usual streak of # 1 singles at a break-neck speed (in fact the album barely boasts of any singles that would make it to the top 10), nor was it created with an aim to please. This was THE album with Beyoncé took a leap forward in pushing the envelope to evolve as an artist and a vocalist to create an album to be enjoyed as a whole sonic extravaganza. Multiple videos, fierce and ground-breaking choreography (especially on the extra noisy lead single ‘Run The World (Girls)‘), amazing vocals ( ‘1+1′, ‘I Was Here’ and ‘Party’) and numerous insanely enjoyable live performances later (with Baby Bey in tow), Beyoncé’s ‘4’ has managed to establish itself as probably one of her better works to date, as contrary to what the world in general thought initially with the release of the album. The same route was taken by the supreme icons Madonna with ‘Ray Of Light’, Janet Jackson with ‘The Velvet Rope’, Mariah Carey with ‘Butterfly’ and Whitney Houston with ‘My Love Is Your Love’. All of these living legends chose not to take the beaten path at the height of their careers and instead blazed a trail for others to follow, and the results were some of the most prolific albums in contemporary music history. Just goes to show that Beyoncé is well on her way to be counted as one of the most endearing artists of all time.

19.  Biophilia – Bjork

After a 4 year hiatus since the release of the genius of an album ‘Volta’, Bjork unleashed her latest extravaganza ‘Biophilia’ in true Bjork style, releasing an album entirely created on an iPad where each song was released as a series of apps. Although not as thoroughly amazing as it’s predecessor, ‘Biophilia’ did have Bjork’s signature touch, especially on the incredible lead single ‘Crystalline’, and with more than 2 decades of an incomparable legacy behind her, you just can’t NOT love a Bjork album.

18. Loud – Rihanna

Rihanna’s certainly come a long way since her début in 2005 with ‘Pon De Replay’, and with her last album ‘Rated R’ delving more on the darker side, it was a relief to see her keep it light (mostly) for her new album ‘Loud’. I wouldn’t categorize ‘Loud’ as ground-breaking, but the album does have it’s share of insanely catchy radio-friendly singles that get stuck inside your head whether you want it or not. The album spawned a whopping 3 Billboard # 1 singles for Rihanna and earned her the Grammy nomination of the coveted Album Of The Year. Personally I’d rather see her take a break and come back with something substantial instead of repeatedly releasing the same generic singles that definitely reach # 1, but do not extrapolate to album sales, as demonstrated (yet again) by her latest extravaganza ‘Talk That Talk’ that becomes her 6th consecutive album to miss the # 1 spot. Either way, ‘Loud’ is a fun album to shake your rump to, and is worthy to be one of the top 20 albums of the year.

17. Speak Now – Taylor Swift

With over a whopping 1 million copies sold within one week of its release in 2010, Taylor Swift’s ‘Speak Now’ was undeniably destined to be a huge seller. And with songs like ‘Ours’, ‘Mine’, ‘Mean’ etc, Taylor Swift just about induced a diabetic coma in every human being ever. Oh and also in every cat ever. Nevertheless we all love Taylor, and she’s the pin-up girl of everything barf-inducingly cute. Although I find the streak of love songs monotonous, certain songs like ‘Mean’ and ‘Ours’ were fun to listen to, and kept the whole listening process light and enjoyable. A fun album to pick up, especially if moping away to non-existence while listening to sugary love songs is your thang.

16. Ceremonials – Florence + The Machine

Like I’ve already mentioned before, the Universe cannot get enough of Florence Welch. It’s a gargantuan task to follow up her immensely amazing début album ‘Lungs’, and with the release of ‘Ceremonials’, Mizz Welsh just about cemented her position as a chanteuse who’s not to be messed with. A thoroughly amazing album from the start to the very end, it would be criminally offensive of you to not give this one a listen.

15. Here I Am – Kelly Rowland

This was the year the ‘other’ Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland finally moved out of the shadows of Beyoncé and unleashed her true potential. The result? Kelly’s biggest hit in ages, the thoroughly seductive baby-making slow jam ‘Motivation’ that spent 7 weeks on top of the Hot R’n’B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart this year, and is the second biggest R’n’B hit of the year.
The album was chock-a-block with some amazing R’n’B grooves (‘Work It Man’, ‘Lay It On Me’) and some incredible club-friendly tracks (‘Down For Whatever’), while Kelly unleashed her inner Janet Jackson in the videos accompanying the songs. The album became the highest charting album of Kelly’s career, debuting at # 3 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, and this was the first time in her entire career that Kelly Rowland placed ahead of Beyoncé on the Billboard R’n’B Charts. And as you can see, Kelly’s ahead of Beyoncé on our year-end chart as well. Kelly Rowland’s finally arrived y’all!

14. The Light Of The Sun – Jill Scott 

Miss Jill Scott is just EVERYTHING. Period. She’s the only artist to have 2 albums on this chart (in case you missed out, Mizz Scott also occupies position # 42 with ‘The Original Jill Scott From The Vault’). One of the reigning queens of neo-soul, poet and actress Jill Scott has seen her career sky-rocket after the release of her outstanding début album ‘Who Is Jill Scott?Words And Sounds Vol.1′, in the year 2000 (one of my fave albums of ALL time). More than a decade in the bizness, Jill Scott’s 4th studio album ‘The Light Of The Sun’ became her first # 1 album on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and saw her return to form after a painful divorce, a break-up as well as the birth of a child. With this album, Jill Scott proved beyond doubt that she’s a shining example of urban creativity, as she incorporated all the pain of her past experiences and turned them into uplifting soulful melodies. Her voice sounds more mature and sexier than it ever has in a decade, as is evident from the lead single and one of the biggest R’n’B hits this year ‘So In Love’ featuring Anthony Hamilton. This one is a throwback to the good old days of pure unadulterated soul music, and is definitely one of my fave albums this year.

13. Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars (read the zomgtalk album review here)

The Civil Wars are definitely one of my fave-est new bands of the year. A brilliant amalgamation of mystery, melancholy and superb lyricism with sparse instrumentation (especially on ‘I’ve Got This Friend’ and ’20 Years’) makes ‘Barton Hollow‘ by the folk-country-bluegrass duo comprising of Joy Williams and John Paul White one of the most haunting albums of the year. Especially the only instrumental track on the album , ‘The Violet Hour’, which is quite literally a masterpiece. The Alison Krauss-ish voice of Joy brings a subtle vulnerability to the melodies, while John’s contrasting gruff-ness brings to life one of my fave-est albums this year.

12. Born This Way – Lady Gaga

There was no escaping Lady Gaga in 2011, she almost caught hold of everybody in this entire human race and shoved her fire-spewing platinum bra in their faces in order to make them listen to her sophomore extravaganza ‘Born This Way’. The hype and insane campaigning that followed was overwhelming, and that’s precisely why when the video and the lead single dropped, due to expectations that were literally through the roof, I was not impressed with the first single ‘Born This Way’ which was a blatant Madonna rip-off, as well as the second single ‘Judas’ that was a cacophonized version of her own masterpiece ‘Bad Romance’. The album was all about the hype and the gimmicks, and the music was lost somewhere down the line. Which was precisely why after a stellar début at # 1 with more than a million albums sold in its first week, the album and it’s subsequent singles lost out to competition like Adele and Nicki Minaj who kept it real. Irrespective of all the gimmickry though, the album did have some great tracks, including ‘Hair’, ‘Marry The Night’, and ‘Heavy Metal Lover’. It’s commendable to see her send a message across through her music, and that makes the album enjoyable and places it at # 12 on our year-end chart. Ironically, all of Gaga’s competitors raked in multiple # 1’s this year, including Rihanna, Adele and Katy Perry, while Taylor Swift kept it real and sold more albums than her, and Nicki Minaj quite literally stole her thunder after unleashing ‘Super Bass’ which went on to become a bigger hit than any single from ‘Born This Way’ as certified by Billboard Magazine’s year-end charts. Either way, a little more concentration on the music would have pushed ‘Born This Way’ to the top of the year-end chart.

11. The Ultimate Collection – Sade

Sade is quite literally a living legend. Period. She’s had an astonishingly amazing career spanning over 25 years, and that’s before Rihanna and Taylor Swift were even born. A collection of Sade’s most prolific songs to date (including ‘No Ordinary Love’, ‘By Your Side’, ‘Your Love Is King’ and ‘Smooth Operator’) is nothing short of perfect, and with the inclusion of 4 new tracks including the ethereal ‘Love Is Found’, Sade’s ‘The Ultimate Collection’ is an album that you definitely need to own.

10Love? – Jennifer Lopez 

The big comeback of the year 2011 goes to none other than the criminally gorgeous Jennifer Lopez, who practically revamped her entire career this year. Her gig as a judge for American Idol proved to be one of the best decisions she had ever taken, as it re-ignited her career as a pop princess that was on a downward spiral after the under-rated ‘Brave’ in 2007 failed to match up her previous chart feats. The result was her biggest selling single and most viewed video of all time, ‘On The Floor’ which topped the global charts and became a phenomenon. The single took Jennifer back to her hey-days when she commanded the dance floor like it was nobody’s bizness, especially since she brought back the dance-break in her videos. Jennifer followed the massive success of the single with the release of her 6th English studio album ‘Love?’ that became her highest charting album since 2005’s ‘Rebirth’. I’m an insanely huge fan of some good old fashioned pop-dance music of the 90’s, and the ‘Lambada’ sampled ‘On The Floor’ was one of the best songs to be released this year. In face the entire album was packed with radio-friendly dance-pop that kept it light and fun (‘Papi’, ‘Charge Me Up’ and ‘Hypnotico’), as well as some Hip-Pop combinations (‘I’m Into You’ featuring Lil’ Wayne) that Jennifer was famous for back in 2001. Some good ol’ nostalgia packed with fun tunes, and you have my 10th fave album of the year!

9. Late Nights And Early Mornings – Marsha Ambrosius 

Marsha Ambrosius’s first solo venture away from Floetry was nothing short of spectacular. With Floetry being one of my fave groups of all time, I was initially skeptical about Marsha’s solo offering, but one listen to the album, and I was relieved of any doubts at all. Marsha retains Floetry’s baby-makin’ soul sounds on her début album ‘Late Nights And Early Mornings’ and unleashes unbelievably mature and silky vocals over some of the best mid-tempo and slow-jams I’ve heard this year. ‘With You’ is quite possibly one of the best baby-makin’ grooves of all time, while the vengeful ‘Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)’ is all that is needed to define modern neo-soul. And I totally laud Marsha’s efforts for sending across some major socially conscious messages via her videos for the title track ‘Late Nights And Early Mornings’ which deals with the spread of AIDS, and the chilling video for ‘Far Away’ that deals with gay-bashing and is based on Marsha’s real life experience of loosing a close friend to hate crimes. With 2 nominations at the upcoming Grammy Awards, Marsha Ambrosius has finally justified her position as a musical force to be reckoned with.

8.  Greatest Hits..So Far! – Pink

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Pink is the most criminally under-rated artist of the last decade. Her impact on music as a whole is undeniably massive, and she’s been rocking it out like nobody else for over 12 years. A greatest hits package including almost all her hits (including ‘Just Like A Pill’ and ‘There You Go’) is by itself a must-have album, but when she adds 4 new singles, each of them turning out to be some her best creations till date, that album’s just EVERYTHING. ‘Raise You Glass’ and ‘F****n’ Perfect’ are by far 2 of the best singles and videos this year, while her cover of Adam Lambert’s ‘Whataya Want From Me?’ just kicked the steam out of the original. Although the album was released in late 2010, the success of its singles kept this album playing on a repeat mode for me for a majority of this year. Definitely worthy of a spot within the top 10 of the best albums of 2011.

7. The Band Perry – The Band Perry (read the zomgtalk album review here)

Alabama-bred sibling trio The Band Perry’s self titled 2010 début was already a favorite with me last year, but when their single ‘If I Die Young’ got a new lease of life on pop radio this year after already making it to # 1 on the Country Charts last year, a wider audience got to witness the genius of an album that they’ve created, resulting in one of the biggest selling country albums and singles of the year. As I had reviewed earlier, the sassy, forthright yet subtle style of lead singer Kimberly Perry on the album, especially on the absolutely lush ‘Walk Me Down The Middle’ and ‘Lasso’ was what kept this album playing on loop for me throughout the year. An album packed with country gems that gently tug at your heart while keeping it light, as well as a Grammy nomination in tow, it’s an album that you would not want to miss out on. And watch out for this band, I predict bigness for them.

6. Before The Dinosaurs – Aura Dione

Danish singer-songwriter Aura Dione’s sophomore album ‘Before The Dinosaurs’ was the surprise package for me this year.  With a voice that is a unique blend of Florence Welsh and Shakira (with a little Adele thrown in), Aura’s vocal prowess shone through on this positively stunning album comprising of some of the most endearing pop masterpieces of this year. The lead single ‘Geronimo’ was already a # 1 single in Germany and Denmark this year, but it was the haunting ‘Masterpiece‘, the radio-friendly ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’, and the absolute stunner of the title track ‘Before The Dinosaurs’ with its subtle melancholy and Indian-esque percussion that truly represented the sound of new age pop and made this album one of the best this year.

5. Own The Night – Lady Antebellum (read the zomgtalk album review here)

In what came as no surprise to me, Lady Antebellum’s ‘Own The Night’ turned out to be one of the most enjoyable albums for me this year. Being a country music fanatic, it wasn’t too difficult. Impossibly lush ballads, heart-felt break-up tunes, and the continuation of the insanely addictive vocal chemistry between lead singers Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley made this album yet another winner by the band whose last album ‘Need You Now’ literally swept all the awards at this years Grammy’s. The album’s first single ‘Just A Kiss’ is my fave Lady A song of all time, the innocence of the song is just too easy to get addicted to, and not just in a Taylor Swift-ish kinda way. The album includes some of Lady Antebellum’s best creations to date, including the haunting ‘Cold As Stone’, ‘Heart Of The World’ and ‘Somewhere Love Remains’, all of them melancholic and somewhat austere, to the point of inducing goosebumps (especially on the fading strains of ‘Cold As Stone’ with it’s flute and violin touch). Hands down one of the best country albums of the year.

4. Femme Fatale – Britney Spears

Love her or hate her, Miss Britney Spears has proved time and again that she’s one of the most prolific pop royalties of all time. One thing that remains constant is the relentlessly catchy music she churns out with each album, while keeping it absolutely fun. And what’s NOT to enjoy about a thoroughly amazing album jam-packed with insanely catchy beats, dance-floor ready gems and club-friendly defiant uptempo grooves that define the very essence of pop music? While the others have recently jumped on the dance music bandwagon since it’s revival in late 2005 and have made it kinda  monotonous of late, Britney’s been there, done that, and is still slaying it with her signature sounds. Britney’s 7th studio album ‘Femme Fatale’ became her 6th Billboard # 1 album, tying her with her idol Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey, and produced three top 10 hits, including the Billboard # 1 (her 5th) ‘Hold It Against Me’, the Nicki Minaj and Kesha assisted ‘Till The World Ends’ and ‘I Wanna Go’ (her first album to spawn 3 top 10 hits since her now iconic début album ‘Baby One More Time’). Britney is essentially an MTV artist, like her idols Madonna and Janet Jackson, it was the music video that propelled her to unprecedented levels of superstardom when she debuted more than a decade ago. And with the 4 videos from ‘Femme Fatale’ turning out to be some of her most creative till date, Britney just re-affirmed her position as the reigning princess of pop with this album.

3. 21 – Adele

2011 is Adele’s year. The entire cosmos knows that. Adele’s sophomore album ’21’ has been nothing short of a worldwide phenomenon. The album spent an unparalleled 13 weeks atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart (tying her with legends Judy Garland, Carole King and Whitney Houston as the only female vocalists of all time to spend 13 weeks at # 1), 18 weeks atop the UK Top 40 Albums Chart and 23 weeks atop the Australian ARIA Charts, and has sold over a whopping 14 million units worldwide since it’s release less than a year ago. In it’s 45th week on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, the album has yet to exit the top 10. Both the album’s first single ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and second single ‘Someone Like You’ have topped the Billboard Hot 100, while the 3rd single ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ is surging up the charts after it’s radio release a few weeks ago. Along with spectacular sales, the album has been nominated for every award possible, including a massive 6 nominations at the upcoming Grammy Awards. Of course these unprecedented achievements would not have materialized for no reason. Adele’s raw and stellar vocal abilities and her signature brand of Brit-Soul mesmerized listeners globally, whether it was the stunning sonic boom of ‘Rolling In The Deep’, to the searing palpable pain of the power-ballad ‘Someone Like You’, to the ferociousness of ‘Set Fire To The Rain’, the album was a clear winner. Tracks like  ‘Rumor Has It’‘Don’t You Remember’, ‘Turning Tables’ showcased Adele’s unbelievable vocal prowess, while her lyricism chronicled everything from surging heartaches to raw vulnerability (especially on the UK Bonus track, a remake of Brandi Carlisle’s ‘Hiding My Heart’). Adele brought real music back to the forefront, and literally set the entire music world on fire. A truly legendary piece of art which deserves every accolade it has been lauded with, and then some more.

2. My Life II : The Journey Continues (Act 1) – Mary J Blige (read the zomgtalk album review here)

I come from the school of thought that believes in the fact that Mary J Blige can do no wrong. As skeptical as I was for her re-visiting her 1994 masterpiece and one of my fave albums of all time ‘My Life‘ for inspiration, all my doubts were set to rest after I heard the finished product. ‘My Life II : The Journey Continues (Act 1)‘ is a stunning testimony of Mary J Blige’s evolution as an artist par excellence, and a worthy sequel to it’s predecessor. It is a celebration of Mary’s journey rather than a throwback to the dark, gritty and raw sounds of the original ‘My Life‘ album. Instead of playing the hopelessly vulnerable victim, Mary’s in power this time around, and the album boasts of some of her best vocals till date. Songs like the first single ‘25-8′ and ‘Feels Inside‘ with Nas are a brilliant throwback to her vintage old-school sound that she pioneered back in the early 90’s by fusing Hip-Hop/Soul, while slow jams like the Tricky Stewart produced heart-wrenching ‘Empty Prayers‘, the positively chill-inducing ‘Someone To Love You‘ and the epic duet ‘Love A Woman‘ with Beyoncé display the incredible growth of Mary as a vocalist. Just compare her vocals in the two albums and you’ll get what I’m talking about. The Golden Globe nominated album closer ‘The Living Proof’ sums up Mary’s journey as well as the message of this album. With this triumphant album, Mary cements her position as the Queen Of Hip-Hop/Soul, as well as one of the most significant and influential artists of all time. Hail Queen Mary!

1. Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj (read the zomgtalk album review here)

Did y’all know? Nicki Minaj just shi***d on everybody this year. The potty-mouth extraordinaire had nothing short of a stellar year, during which she made EVERY FACE POSSIBLE, wore EVERY WIG POSSIBLE, broke records, unleashed an unbelievably gigantic number of alter-egos and pushed the envelope wherever she went. 11 weeks after it’s release in November 2010, Nicki Minaj’s début extravaganza ‘Pink Friday‘ roared up the charts and settled at # 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in early 2011, becoming the first album by a female rapper in over a decade to top the chart, after Eve’s début album ‘Let There Be Eve..Ruff Ryders’ First Lady‘ debuted at # 1 in 1999. While the first 2 singles ‘Your Love‘ and ‘Right Through Me‘ were already major hits last year, Nicki Minaj unleashed a relentless barrage of singles and collaborations that dominated the charts and made ‘Pink Friday’ a global phenomenon. The major selling point of the album? Nicki covered every base possible and swerved effortlessly from hard-core Rap to unexpectedly melodious Pop to R’n’B. While she topped the Rap Charts with ‘Your Love’, she topped the R’n’B/Hip-Hop Charts with ‘Moment For Life’ featuring Drake. But little did anyone know what the defiant bonus track ‘Super Bass’ would do for Nicki. EVERYONE and their Grandma covered the insanely super-infectious song, from Taylor Swift to Karmin to pre-school kids, while the song soared up the charts worldwide becoming her biggest hit selling an impressive 3 million singles in the US alone, leading ‘Pink Friday’ to become the 7th biggest selling album this year. Billboard Magazine and Entertainment Weekly named ‘Super Bass’ the # 1 song of 2011, while Billboard awarded Nicki the Rising Star Award at the prestigious Women In Music Awards. Add to that 2 American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Soul Train Award, a Teen Choice Award and 3 nominations at the upcoming Grammy Awards. Yes, Nicki Minaj S-L-A-Y-E-D this year!

For me, ‘Pink Friday’ represented fun and an escapism from monotony. It was one of the few albums that I could listen to without skipping a single song, and gawk and laugh at Nicki’s Technicolor rhymes interwoven with some unexpectedly fantastic melodies. 2011 has been a largely drama-free year for me, and I’ve gotten rid of some major unwanted baggage and some irritating vermin (who’ve made the colossal mistake of being conceived) at the very beginning of the year , and this was the album I could relate to the most, especially the thoroughly fierce ‘Roman’s Revenge’ where Nicki literally out-rapped Eminem with her gay alter-ego Roman Zolanski, the absolutely brilliant ‘Last Chance’ with Natasha Bedingfield, and the autobiographical ‘Dear Old Nicki’ that somewhat resembles the song ‘Still’ by rapper Remy Ma that happens to be a personal fave. The album made me laugh, made me think, made me dance and most importantly, helped me move on after letting go of my baggage, by keeping it light and fun. And that’s all I really needed this year. Hands down, my favorite album of 2011!

So there you have it. My top 50 albums of 2011. Hope y’all enjoyed the music, and in case you haven’t listened to these albums yet, shoot yourselves  get them asap! Adios 2011! You will be missed!